GenreFamily, Animation ScreenplayCarol Mon Pere CountryUnited States
Fred Wolf Release dateNovember 18, 1977 (1977-11-18) (U.S.)
December 18, 1980 (1980-12-18) (Australia) WriterRussell Hoban (novel), Carol Monpere (screenplay) DirectorsCharles Swenson, Fred Wolf CastPeter Ustinov (Manny the Rat), Cliff Norton (Crow), Cliff Osmond (C. Serpentina), Alan Barzman (The Mouse), Marcy Swenson (The Mouse Child), Regis Cordic (The Clock) Similar moviesFred Wolf directed The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child and The Adventures of the American Rabbit
The mouse and his child animated movie 1977
The Mouse and His Child is a 1977 animated film based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Russell Hoban. In United States, the film is also known as The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child.
The mouse and his child are two parts of a single small wind-up toy, which must be wound by a key in the father's back. After being unpacked, they discover themselves in a toy shop where they befriend a toy elephant and toy seal. The child mouse proposes staying at the shop to form a family, which the other toys ridicule.
They accidentally fall out of a window and land in the trash. Once transported to the dump, they become enslaved by Manny the rat, who runs a casino and uses broken wind-up toys as his slave labor force. With the aid of a psychic frog, the mice escape and meet other animal characters on a quest of becoming free and independent self-winding toys.
They rediscover the elephant and seal, who are somewhat broken down. Together they manage to form a family and destroy the rat empire.
Peter Ustinov as Manny
Joan Gerber as the Elephant
Sally Kellerman as the Seal
Andy Devine as the Frog
Frank Nelson as the Crow
Regis Cordic as the Clock
John Carradine as a Tramp
Cloris Leachman as Euterpe
Neville Brand as Iggy
Bob Holt as Muskrat
Robert Ridgely as Jack in the Box
Iris Rainer as Starling / Paper People
Alan Barzman as the Mouse
Marcy Swenson as the Mouse Child
Mel Leven as Ralphie
Maitzi Morgan as Teller / Starling
Cliff Osmond as Serpentina
Charles Woolf as Bluejay / Paper People
Cliff Norton as the Crow
The film was first released on RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video on VHS and Beta in 1983, then re-released on VHS in 1985 in the United States. A DVD version has yet to be released in the United States, but it was released in DVD in Japan.